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Watching Yom Kippur on TV

Last updated: 2003-10-03

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander

Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander is one of a host of US stars taking part in a televised version of Yom Kippur to be broadcast across North America on Sunday 5 October.

The special will be going out at 6.30am and will focus on the themes of forgiveness and reconciliation in troubled times.

As well as Alexander, other names taking part include CNN host Larry King and film critic Leonard Maltin.

The project has the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and is being produced by Temple Shalom of the Arts through its outreach program Temple of the Air (TOTA).

The televised Yom Kippur service was an idea originally conceived to provide services on video to the house-bound, an audience estimated at nearly one million people.

"It is for anyone who cannot be in temple praying and asking for forgiveness," says Rabbi Baron of Temple Shalom for the Arts and founder of TOTA, "and for anyone who wants to share in our tradition and better understand this most holy of days for the Jewish people, the Day of Atonement."

The half-hour program offers special prayers of remembrance for the victims of homicide bombings in Israel and the September 11 attacks in the US.

As well as being broadcast, the programme is being distributed  on video to hospitals, homes for the aging and convalescent facilities.

"The many residents of homes and hospitals who cannot leave their rooms will receive these services at their bedside via television," says Monty Hall, temple member and founder and president of the Monty and Marilyn Hall Statesman's Club of the Jewish Home for the Aging.

"We believe many people will enjoy the experience of watching a moving Yom Kippur service at home which incorporates history, tradition, music, poetry, art, readings and celebrity participants," Rabbi Cohen added.

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